If you’ve been diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic or pre-diabetic or borderline diabetic, don’t look at it as a sentence to a shorter life. Look at it as an opportunity to have a longer, healthier life—Type 2 diabetes is curable, and it’s reversible.
America has two significant health problems—weight and Type 2 diabetes.
The most common causes of Type 2 diabetes are a bad eating history, a sedentary lifestyle, and excess weight. The first two are significant contributors to the third one.
Let’s talk about curing or reversing Type 2 diabetes and at the same time talk about losing weight and how to do it in a simple, sensible solution without trying to starve yourself.
Let’s say a non-diabetic eats a breakfast made up of eggs, some bacon, some potatoes, and maybe some toast. All of those things turn to some amount of glucose and go into your bloodstream as glucose.
When I say glucose, I really mean sugar, but it’s called glucose when it’s in your bloodstream, and those terms are used interchangeably.
So when a non-diabetic eats a meal, it turns into some amount of glucose in the bloodstream. The pancreas gets a message from the brain. It says, “you know there’s glucose in the bloodstream. You need to produce insulin to let that glucose get out of the bloodstream and into cells for energy and into the liver storage, and around your body as fat.”
The pancreas produces precisely the right amount of insulin. It’s just like magic, it’s like heating your house with a thermostat only a lot more complicated, but it produces just the right amount of insulin for you to use for activity, energy, and to go to your liver as glycogen, and to go around your body as fat.
That’s why a non-diabetic’s blood sugar always remains normal.
Now, what happens when a Type 1 diabetic eats the same meal?
It turns into precisely the same amount of glucose it would for anyone else. The pancreas gets a message that says you need to produce some insulin to allow your body to use this food. The Type 1diabetic’s pancreas says, “sorry, I don’t do that anymore. I quit doing that years ago. If you want glucose, you have to do it yourself.” In other words, take insulin.
What happens when a Type 2 diabetic, a pre-diabetic, or a borderline diabetic eat the same meal?
That meal turns to the same amount of glucose as it does for other people. The pancreas then gets a message that says you need to produce some insulin so the body can use that food. The pancreas says, “you know I’ll try, but you’ve been asking me to work too hard for too long, and I may not be able to produce enough insulin to bring your blood sugar down to normal.”
And so what happens when you’re a pre-diabetic, borderline diabetic, or a Type 2 diabetic?
Your pancreas can’t bring your blood sugar back down to normal. And so your blood sugar stays higher. And it’s that more elevated blood sugar that causes all kinds of complications and all kinds of problems.
Here’s what you can expect if you have Type 2 diabetes and don’t get it under control. The dangers are kidney failure, heart problems, amputations, vision problems, and general cardiovascular problems that result in a much shorter life. So those problems are serious. They’re very serious.
It’s essential for Type 2 diabetics, pre-diabetic, or borderline diabetic to learn how to lower their blood sugars. By reducing blood sugars, you will lose weight.
Your doctor may have given you advice, perhaps you’ve read about it, and maybe other people have said, “you’ve got to lose weight to lower your blood sugars.”
That’s not incorrect, but it’s backward.
They should say, “you need to lower your blood sugars, and you will lose weight.”
How do you lower your blood sugar?
You need to do two things: eat more of the low blood sugar-creating foods, the foods that don’t make high blood sugar, and eat less of those foods that create high blood sugar. It’s just that simple.
Also, you need to increase your activity level. I’m not saying exercise level, I’m not saying go out and start running, I’m not saying that you have to go to the gym and lift weights and really kill yourself. I’m saying activity level. You need to move more. It’s just that simple.
Weight gain is a direct result of how much insulin you use.
How do you control insulin? You eat less glucose-creating foods. It’s just that simple.